tower-of-babel

Immediately following the flood, Noah and his family began to multiply and as time went on, their descendants moved from Mount Ararat to the plains of Shinar and created a city.

Genesis 11:1-9

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

Unnatural connections…

Have you ever wondered why civilizations that have never met, all over the globe, have unnaturally similar accounts of a global flood, monsters, creatures, and deities?  In Dinosaurs by Design, Dr. Duane Gish says there are more than 270 stories from different cultures around the world about a devastating flood. This chart shows the similarities that several myths have with the Genesis account of Noah’s Flood. Although there are varying degrees of accuracy, these legends and stories all contain similarities to aspects of the same historical event—Noah’s Flood.”[1]

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While the Tower of Babel was constructed, God confused the languages, dispersing people to inhabit every known people group across the globe. Everything known to man at that time was brought with them into their new locations. (Looking at the genealogy of Genesis 11, the birth of Peleg was around 100 years after the flood. Therefore it would have been about 100-150 years after the flood, before the Tower of Babel would have begun.) It would make sense that after the flood, all the similar myths, gods, creatures and legends were passed down.

Remember Noah’s grandson Cush? In Genesis 10:8-10 it says, “ begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” Nimrod’s name literally means “we shall rebel” and he is the one that is affiliated with the construction of the Tower of Babel. Remember back in Genesis 6:4 where it said that “there were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” It is believed among many that Nimrod was one of these mighty men and that he was much larger than the average man. Nimrod is directly related to the sons of Anak (the giants with which the ten spies compared themselves as grasshoppers), and he is also related to the Canaanites (who were descendants of Canaan, Nimrod’s uncle).

The amount of information we have on Nimrod through history and “extra-Biblical” texts compared to what God mentioned in the Bible is fascinating. Nimrod played such a colossal role in the introduction to paganism in our postdiluvian world. Satan used Nimrod in such a way that has creeped its way even to the day we live in, right now.

There is mythology that dates to the beginning of almost every single civilization known to man, and Nimrod is at its core. Continuing the premise that the sons of God were in fact fallen angels and that the book of Jasher is a credible source (referring to the mixture of species—hybrid creatures found in folklore), most what we know to be fictional legends might have had real evidence behind it. The pantheon of gods from Sumer, the first postdiluvian civilization ever recorded; the Babylonian paganism that was rampant throughout Israel; the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman deities we all know today—these reoccurring themes were passed on by one civilization to the next. They may in fact have been distorted and diluted truths of real entities.

Maybe they were real?

[1] White, Monty. “Flood Legends.” Answers in Genesis. N.p., 29 Mar. 2007. Web. 24 Dec. 2016. https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends/.